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Response to today's media coverage over incident with armed officers

The following statement is our response to today’s media coverage about a Birmingham man convicted of firearms offences in 2003 and who was involved in an incident with armed officers last year.

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Kenny Bell said: “We are awaiting the outcome of the Independent Office of Police Conduct’s investigation into last year’s firearm discharge.

“As a result, we are unable to comment on elements of their investigation however what we would like is to be able to give some clarity to local people that we serve across the West Midlands.

“We respond to every individual on a case by case basis – we use all information available to enable us to provide an appropriate police response. For example, if we have information that someone has access to firearms or has used a firearm at any point, that individual could face a response from armed officers. 

“The public would expect us to respond to a potential threat in an appropriate and proportionate manner. We have a duty, not only to protect our officers, but also local communities.”